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First Choice Plans Colorado Springs Hospital

15 October 2014

Adding to its four free standing emergency facilities in the Colorado Springs area, First Choice Emergency Room has submitted plans to the City’s Planning Department for a new 24-hour hospital along the North Nevada Avenue corridor. The hospital will initially have a 24 bed capacity with an expansion potential of up to 52 beds. The […]

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Dr. Simon Hambidge to Head Ambulatory Care at Denver Health

15 October 2014

Simon Hambidge M.D., has been named chief of ambulatory care services at Denver Health. Dr. Hambidge will oversee the ambulatory care services group, which includes the community health clinics, school based health clinics and the specialty care clinics and will work closely with the Denver Health Community Board and the executive staff. Dr. Hambidge currently […]

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CU Boulder Avoids ACA Requirement by Limiting Student Work Hours

15 October 2014

The University of Colorado at Boulder is limiting student employee hours to 25 a week during spring and fall semesters in response to Affordable Care Act provisions, and other CU campuses are doing the same. In a newsletter to students, CU-Boulder said the act — which requires employers to provide health insurance to employees working […]

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New Shared Exchange Enrollment System Running Behind Schedule

14 October 2014

Colorado’s 2.0 “Kentucky-style” system that is supposed to simplify the way people get health insurance won’t be ready until days before the Nov. 15 open enrollment starts. And as Colorado’s health exchange enters its busy season, a third “chief” has announced she’s leaving Connect for Health Colorado. Chief Executive Patty Fontneau departed in August. Chief […]

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Medicaid Benefits and Enrollees to SoonTop 10 Year High

14 October 2014

With an improving fiscal climate, many states are increasing benefits for Medicaid recipients and paying their providers more. The trend is continuing into fiscal year 2015 for those who rely on Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the poor, according to a survey of 50 state Medicaid programs released Tuesday by the […]

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Laura English Promoted to VP of Public Exchanges at UnitedHealthcare

11 October 2014

UnitedHealthcare of Colorado has announced the promotion of Laura English to vice president of public exchanges. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer for UnitedHealthcare.

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Study Finds Savings Low For Employers Capping Their Payments For Treatments

10 October 2014

In an effort to slow health care spending, more employers are looking at capping what they pay for certain procedures — like joint replacements — and requiring insured workers who choose hospitals or medical facilities that exceed the cap to pay the difference themselves. But a study out Thursday finds employers might be disappointed with […]

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Generic Drug Price Increases Create Concern for Drug Adherence

09 October 2014

Faced with the rising costs of generic prescription drugs, health insurers increasingly are turning to tiers and preferred lists on their formularies to keep costs down. Those strategies previously were used only for brand-name and specialty drugs. Experts say those approaches will increase out-of-pocket costs for patients and could make them less likely to adhere […]

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Kindred and Gentiva Join Forces

09 October 2014

Kindred Healthcare and Gentiva Health Services have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kindred will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Gentiva common stock for $19.50 per share in a combination of cash and stock. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The transaction is valued […]

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Thirteen Centura Hospitals with Stage 7 Certification

09 October 2014

Centura Health announced this week that 13 of its hospitals have been recognized by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics with its Stage 7 Award, making it the third largest health system nationally to have the most certified Stage 7 hospitals. Only 184 hospitals in the U.S. — approximately 3.2 percent — have completed […]

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A Great Event

The State-of-the-State Breakfast was a tremendous success. Local leaders met to discuss the future of health care in Colorado. Our presenter, pollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli, shared his insights regarding how the coming elections are shaping up and what is on the minds of Coloradans generated a lively and wide-ranging conversation.
If your interest in political activity was piqued, you can stay in the know by reading the Colorado Statesman. A weekly newspaper, it is the best way to keep abreast of Colorado legislative and political news. To subscribe, call 303-837-8600 or visit www.coloradostatesman.com.
Let us know what topics you'd like to explore in future events. Drop us a comment to ahertel@hmo-info.com.

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